The Big Bungalow
Located just east of the Cumberland River, The Big Bungalow is an early 20th-century home nestled on a quiet residential street. And the innocuous exterior of this bed and breakfast is perhaps one of its greatest charms: the no-frills house is, first and foremost, a home. And while no place can ever quite replicate the creature comforts of one’s own home, The Big Bungalow comes close. From the free massages (co-owner Ellen is a licensed massage therapist) to the fresh breakfast to the décor — comfortable yet tasteful — of each of the three guest rooms, this B&B could not be more different from the impersonal sterility of a hotel room. Bonus: periodically, The Big Bungalow also hosts Writers’ Nights in its living room, during which a small group of local music artists gather and perform.
While Butterfly Hollow is not technically located in Nashville but is instead in Gordonsville, Tennessee — about an hour’s drive east of downtown Nashville — if you’re searching for the ultimate bed and breakfast getaway, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option. This wooden lodge is referred to as a ‘hidden retreat,’ and for good reason: between the tree-lined entrance and the hammocks scattered on the premises and the lush green lawns surrounding the home, you are guaranteed to feel as though you’ve stepped into a secluded respite from reality. The distance from the city may make frequent back-and-forth travel difficult during your stay, but this natural retreat is ideal for those searching not merely for a place to sleep but for an opportunity to decompress and relax away from the hubbub of downtown.
Timothy Demonbreun House
Most bed and breakfasts tend to feel inherently historic — between the decades-old homes and the comfortable, no-frills atmosphere, a stay at a B&B can often make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. In no B&B in Nashville is this emphasis on history more prominent than at the Timothy Demonbreun House; in fact, the house itself is an invaluable piece of Nashville history. Once home to Timothy Demonbreun, one of Nashville’s very first residents, today this historic house is consistently rated as the top bed and breakfast in the city. Come for the history and stay for the freshly prepared breakfast (which includes offerings such as eggs benedict, belgian waffles, and cinnamon-cream french toast), in-house wine cellar, private swimming pool and hot spa, and the four expansively luxurious, private guest rooms.
Nestled in Nashville’s historic Hillsboro Village sits Daisy Hill, a Tudor revival-style home built in the early 20th century. Today, Daisy Hill serves not only as a gorgeous testament to Hillsboro’s status as one of the most simultaneously hip and historic neighborhoods in the city but also as one of the best bed and breakfasts that you can find in town. Co-owners Darrell and Linda had long dreamed of opening their own B&B, and with Darrell’s years of work in the hospitality industry as a guide, the couple finally opened Daisy Hill over 16 years ago; they still live on the premises today as the innkeepers of Daisy Hill. Each of the three guest rooms, in addition to the family suite, is immaculately decorated; the home also features a family-style dining room and a library. Bonus: Daisy Hill’s convenient location means that you are also a quick walk away from Hillsboro’s many great restaurants and shops.
Honorable Mention: Urban Cowboy
While different bed and breakfasts necessarily have slightly different atmospheres, most B&Bs offer a similar array of attractions: cozy décor, friendly hosts, freshly prepared breakfasts, and luxurious-but-still-comfortable bedrooms. At Urban Cowboy in East Nashville, you will enjoy these comforts, but with a decidedly modern twist. This contemporary hipster’s paradise may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking for a place in Nashville to stay that is off the beaten path, then this unique B&B is certainly worth checking out.